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Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm PST
a statement shortly from president obama as well. president clinton, so many world leaders will be, of course, responding and reacting. in fact, i expect to be hearing from the president, there you can see the white house briefing room, they are getting ready for a statement from the president of the united states. the seal is there, now the flags are being installed. momentarily the president will walk into the briefing room and pay his respects and these are live pictures once again we're showing from outside president nelson mandela's home outside of johannesburg. robyn kurnow is in johannesburg for us. she's covered this story for a long time. robyn, i understand that authorities in south africa, they worked out a very, very deliberate series of commemorative events over the next several days as world leaders will come to south africa. >> reporter: understandably, the focus for most people in the world is going to be here over the next ten days. we expect his funeral to take place on day ten so that is either saturday or sunday a week. we know that in the next three or four days, his body
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Dec 2, 2013 1:00pm PST
. president obama marked world aids day at the white house just a short while ago, announcing some new research initiatives and giving credit to those who have fought for progress against the disease. >> it's the result of countless people, including so many of you working together. >> one of the people in the room sitting in a plum seat in the front row was microsoft co-founder bill gates, the co-chairman and trustee of the bill and melinda gates foundation, which has committed billions to hiv research and grants. he and his wife were just listed number one on the forbes list of america's top giveres, nearly $2 billion in 2012 alone. bill gates was kind enough to leave the white house to join us now. i really appreciate it. we have better hors d'oeuvres anyway. thank you for being here. >> great to be here. >> i want to start with your friend bono who has worked with you on the aids issue. he had some comments which raised some eyebrows over the weekend. this is what he said about the fight against aids. let's listen. >> there's a chance of having the first aids-free generation by 201
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Dec 9, 2013 2:00am PST
for a memorial service that will bring dozens of world leaders, including president obama, to south africa starting today. robin kurnow is outside mandela's home this morning. you've just spoken to one of his closest confidants. what did she say? >> we are hearing for the first time what is going on inside this house behind me. the home where nelson mandela died. we have been seeing a lot of people coming outside in the past few days laying flowers, paying their respects. we understand according to african tradition, nelson mandela's wife is sitting on a mattress in the living room in the lounge and receiving people throughout the day. she will be essentially sitting in that position welcoming visitors and there are a lot of visitors. political leaders, friends. people from across south africa that have some sort of importance and they are coming to pay their respects to the widow. we are also hearing from mandela's closest assistant who has worked for him for nearly 20 years, and she gives us some sense what have it's like inside. >> sadness in the house but celebration i almost want to s
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Dec 2, 2013 3:30pm PST
? remember obama care, demonstrated weakness around the world? >> again, this is your whole strategy. >> it's not a strategy. >> but what is your strategy? you have no strategy for getting jobs for the country, no strategy for immigration. am i wrong? >> the next time i do this showing i'm bringing a couple hundred bills to show you. >> on the still his, the economic is in fact growing, jobs are being added. this republican party is a lot different than the one you ran, speaker gingrich. republicans back then were actually bringing why is to the table. >> let's do everything we can do derail them. >> my friend here, you guys tortured him, tried to demonize him every day, every second, so don't fall for that. >> i was in high school. >> not you. >> presidents can recover. usually if they get in deep trouble, they recovered by getting a new team. your former boss, mr. gibbs, who just had a great weekend in the auburn victory. he said something very clear today about what ought to be happening. i think we should -- >> i do think it will be inexplicable if somebody involved in the creation of t
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Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm PST
states of the world. then there will be barack obama and the entire western world will be there to pay homage. >> if i can just -- >> go ahead. >> it was also about him, a sweetness, a gentleness he changed the room. there were some figures, when nelson mandela walked into the room, he changed the room. can we agree? there was a gentle quality about him. >> absolutely. what strikes me, tell me, when you watch him on tv giving a speech, he was ram rod straight. he had this very staccato fierce way of talking. when you talk to him privately, a very soft, gentle man. >> he was. gentle is a great word to describe him. when you think of all he put up with, you think, i can't believe the kind of life he led and was given that long life to live to 95. what a blessing that was. >> thank you. >>> we continue to remember nelson mandela. stay with us. there are seniors who have left hundreds of dollars of savings on the table by not choosing the right medicare d plan. no one could have left this much money here. whoo-hoo-hoo! yet many seniors who compare medicare d plans realize they can save hun
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Dec 9, 2013 4:00pm PST
. but as i mentioned, face time between world leaders is always beneficial if you can do it the right way. but we view cuba as our enemy, this is not the time for president obama to be embracing him. nelson mandela was great friends with bill clinton and barack obama and he was friends with gaddafi and castro. he's like the man of the year, nelson mandela, the time of all this global strife he still has a role as healing agent, bringing different people together on stage. >> and that's in fact something that mandela's former personal assistant said, tomorrow people should all be honoring their relationship with madiba, if it means shaking hands with the enemy, yes, i would like to see that. that is what nelson mandela was and is bringing people together despite their differences. i guess that's the point is what could be more of a tribute to nelson mandela than people who'd normally would not talk, talking, and i'm not saying they have to be embracing or back slapping or even smiling, but talking. that would, i, might argue, be the greatest trigg tribute to nelson mandela that could you h
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Dec 7, 2013 11:30am PST
the u.s. into world war two. >>> president obama is having a hard time explaining a meeting with controversial relative. for some time the white house has said the president never met with a kenyan uncle who was in the united states illegally. but now it has a new version of what happened. here's cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: fredericka, which is at an uncle of the president who has gone through some legal problems with immigration and other things. and it's about an impression the white house has given that it's keeping this uncle at arm's length. but white house aides now say they weren't doing that. he's a 69-year-old man who works at a liquor store near boston and is now kuth up in the president's political migraine. the man's name called omar, the president's uncle. the boston globe previously cited the white house as saying the president and his uncle had never met. but the white house press secretary now says this -- >> the president said that he, in fact, had met omar obama when he moved to cambridge for law school and he stayed with him for a brief period of time u
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Dec 7, 2013 4:00pm PST
and then a vintage world war ii airplane flew overhead to break the silence. >> president obama defended his six-month nuclear deal with iran today when he spoke at a prominent d.c. forum. the deal requires iran temporarily cap nuclear activities in exchange for slightly relaxed sanctions. critics suggest they are being unrealistic to think they will give up nuclear capabilities forever. >> one could imagine an ideal world where iran said we'll i dee str -- destroy every element where it's all gone, in which congress passed every one of my bills that i put forward. i mean, there are a lot of things that i can envision that would be wonderful. >> well, the forum is being held by the brookings institution, which is a washington think tank. >> friday's jobs report was a shot in the arm for the fokt and some good news for a white house that hasn't had a lot of it recently. 203,000 jobs were added and one group in particular is kark in. alexandra field tells us who exactly is getting hired. >> deb, young people in particular are reaping the benefits of these better jobs numbers. since the recession,
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Dec 6, 2013 6:00am PST
attention to? >> wolf, i think every world leader, including president obama wants to borrow a little bit from the halo of nelson mandela. but in the case of president obama, knicksed-race president, a man whose fare was from the continent of south africa, i think he's looking to touch base with some of his roots and also be a part of this grand increase in human freedom that nelson mandela helped usher in and which he has talked about. even last night he used that great line from martin luther king about the world bending towards justice. and i think -- nelson mandela helped the world bend in that direction. >> you were showing viewers a lot of video and pictures of you and nelson mandela. you spent an amazing amount of time with this great man. and you know, in recent years since the revolution, since he became the first black president of south africa, since there was de democracy, he almost single handedly kept that place okay. shouldn't we be worried now about the future of south africa now that nelson mandela has moved on? >> wolf, i would love for people to feel like we have learne
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Dec 6, 2013 1:00am PST
in from all over the world this morning. president obama had some very, very poignant words to honor the late president of south africa. he actually invoked words that were used at president lincoln's funeral. >> he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. through his fierce dignity and bending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, madiba transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the presence that human beings and countries can change for the better. his commitment to transfer pour and reconcile for those who jailed him set an example that all humanity took inspire to whether the lives of nations or our own personal lives. the fact did he it all with grace, with humor, and the ability to acknowledge his own imperfections only makes the man that much more remarkable. >> well said. the president also said that mandela inspired him. protests against the apartheid in south africa was the president's first foray in politics. >>> george w. bush said, quote, nelson mandela had the remarkable capacity to f
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Dec 2, 2013 9:00am PST
him with a car and attacked him with a meat cleaver and knives. >> the obama care website gets an upgrade. you're watching "around the world." i'm frederick cag whitfield. >> i'm michael holmes. let's start with the fatal commuter train crash in the bronx, ntsb investigators is say they have now downloaded information from what's called an event recorder on board that could tell them what made the train jump the tracks on sunday. >> authorities are also looking for any video out there that could help explain exactly what went wrong. four people were killed and dozens more hurt in the crash. at least one doctor says survivors might need mental health care. >> not surprising, too. have a listen to what some passengers said about the experience. >> i thought i'm going to die, to be honest. i thought i'm going to die. >> i broke my arm. it's really painful. >> i heard a lot of crunching and grinding and started seeing stars in front of my eyes and thought, my goodness, is this the end. >> i heard a screeching noise. i happened to be by the window. i still heard a screeching noise a
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Dec 6, 2013 2:00am PST
of his nation, spoke occasionally by phone. president obama penned the forward for mandela's 2010 memoir "conversations with myself." he wrote his example helped awakened me to the wider world and the obligation that we all have to stand up for what is right. through his choices, mandela made it clear that we did not have to accept the world as it is, take we could do our part to seek the world as it should be. when president obama visited south africa this summer, mandela was so ill, the two were unable to meet. still mandela's inspiration played large during the president's trip. president obama returned to robben island, the prison where mandela known as madiba spent 18 years but this time he brought his entire family. >> there was something different about bringing my children and malia is now 15. sasha is 12. and seeing them stand within the walls that once surrounded nelson mandela, i knew this was an experience that they would never forget. i knew that they now appreciated a little bit more the sacrifices that madiba and others had made for freedom. >> reporter: soon after the lea
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Dec 6, 2013 11:00am PST
baldwin. the news is now. as the world mourns an icon, washington didn't always see nelson mandela as a saint. >>> america's unemployment rate drops, but will conservatives give president obama credit? >>> plus -- ♪ whiskey river >> willie nelson pugglled out oa gig at sea world after cnn's explosive film on killer whales. >> and when twitter bikes and critics sting. carrie underwood's version of a classic hits a nerve. >>> we have a lot to talk about here on this friday. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you so much for joining me. let's begin with this dangerous and deadly winter storm affecting millions of you all across the nation today. this freezing storm hitting from texas, all the way up to new york, you see the map here. the system causing flight cancellations, dangerous driving conditions, and now deaths. three adults have died in car accidents in both oklahoma and texas as a result of this storm system that you're looking at here. and in arkansas, one man died after a tree fell on his camper during the freezing rain. you know, ice can bring down the tree limbs and power lines
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Dec 7, 2013 3:00am PST
of state from around the world come to south africa and pay their respects. u.s. president barack obama and first lady michelle obama have already said they will be coming to south africa, although the details are still alose siff. elusive. and the final event, a week from sunday, nelson mandela's funeral, the home of qunu, only family will be attending that. >> what a moment to be reporting a true moment in history as people remember what he did not only for this country, but for this world. thank you so much. we appreciate it. >>> still to come on "new day," brett favre -- >> former minnesota vikings -- >> here we go for minnesota again -- okay. he's the tyretired from the nfl. that does not mean he's done winning football championships. we're going to explain this next. ♪ we are the champions and a choice. take up to 4 advil in a day or 2 aleve for all day relief. [ male announcer ] that's handy. ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> 20 minutes after the hour now. likely hall of famer brett favre is a football champion again. well, sort of. >> the three-time mvp is now a defensive coordinator for the mi
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Dec 9, 2013 1:00pm PST
for? well, actually, it can mean beautiful things. the world is quickly preparing for what may be the largest gathering of heads of state since winston churchill's funeral in 1965. representing the u.s. alone will be presidents barack obama, george w. bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter. comprising one of the most prestigious frequent flyer clubs in the world. today, air force one departed for south africa, where more than 90 world leaders are planning to attend nelson mandela's memorial tuesday in johannesburg. inside air force one, the obamas and george w. and laura bush along with former first lady clinton, the former president bill and daughter chelsea are flying from an event in rio and linking up with the rest of the club tomorrow. president george h.w. bush who has been in poor health for some time will not be making the trip. together, they are set for an almost 20-hour flight, even though there's only one bed on board. >> air force one is a very intimate setting so that's the place where you can have quieter conversations. once you get to one of these massive events, i
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Dec 2, 2013 10:00am PST
majority of users. >>> and right now, president obama is getting ready for a speech marking world aids day. activists are calling for more money to combat hiv and aids. the president's remarks live this hour. >>> hello, i'm wolf blitzer in washington. estart with a deadly commuter train crash in new york city. this morning had, crews started picking up derailed cars and putting some of them back on track. investigates are are poring over the wreckage to try to figure out how the train crashed. four people died, 67 others injured. one of the survivors spoke on cnn's "new day" this morning describing how she rode out the wreck. >> i wound up going kind of up one side and then just rode into where i was technically on the ceiling. and when it landed, i fell to the side where the windows had been smashed out into the ground. all of those windows had broken through, gravel and glass, big rocks that lined the track were all flying into the windows. i managed to put my bag in front of my face. i don't have any cuts. and then once i stood up, i just immediately was like i still have my phone. it's
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Dec 9, 2013 3:00am PST
. officials say there were 60 crashes. at least one person was killed. >>> president obama just minutes away from leaving the white house for a trip from south africa. he is one of four presidents expected to attend the memorial for nelson mandela. nearly 90 world leaders are scheduled to attend. hundreds left flowers and letters at the home where mandela has died. a south clone sheriff is refusing to do so. peckens county sheriff says flags should be lowered only for americans who sacrificed for their country. >>> stunning images out of brrksz soccer fans rioted in the stands on sunday. it shut down play for more than an hour after a key contest for two reserval brazilian teams. this is raising further questions ahead of the world cup there were concerns of fan violence, amazingly when four people were injured in all that of that chaos. >> you will probably recall the adventure 127 hours. he is expected in court this afternoon on domestic violence charges. he faces one count of assault and one count of wrongs to meerns. he was arrested in a woman's home. she has been arrested on the same ch
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Dec 9, 2013 9:00am PST
in that once bitterly segregate the society. >> leaders from around the world as we said at the top of the program, also starting to converge on south africa. you see there president and mrs. obama boarding air force one. they took off from andrews air force base in maryland. several hours ago now. they're well on their way and former president george w. bush and his wife and former first lady laura bush are en route to johannesburg. >> tomorrow when the official memorial service is going to take place, it's the city's soccer stadium. we want to go live to robin ker now outside of the mandela home. set the scene for us, the mood. this is day four of a ten-day mourning period. >> and i spoke to somebody close to mandela. they said it wasn't enough to not only say good-bye to such a great man but it wasn't enough to organize all of this. just imagine trying to organize more than 90 heads of state, plus more than 80,000 to 90,000 people in that stadium just for tomorrow. in terms of the way south africa is saying good-bye, you can see it behind me. it's starting to rain. people are sti
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Dec 5, 2013 10:00pm PST
world cup final was held. some heads of states, perhaps barak obama will attend that. then we will see three days of lying in state. 2340u what will be symbol ec about that is that he will lie in state at the steps of the union building in nearly the same place where he took his oath of office to become the first democratically elected president. once that process is over on day nine essentially of this program, he will be flown by military aircraft along with the elders vip political figures and his family, which is large, they'll be flown down to his hometown and then the military, the state will effectively hand over his body, his coffin, his casket to the family at the get as of the homeinstead, i think from what we understand there will be a shift from moving the south african flag to putting a blanket over his casket, which will symbolize him coming home to his ancestral land. then there will be atate funeral in the ground of his ancestral home in the hills where he walked and played as a young child. so there really is a sense of a full circle of life here going back to those ru
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Dec 9, 2013 2:00pm PST
appearance at the 2010 world cup will also be the setting of his massive memorial service tomorrow. speakers will include president obama, the cuban president raul castro and the united nations secretary general ban ki-moon. security onstage and elsewhere will be extremely tight but there are other concerns as well about the audience that will include three former u.s. presidents, george w. bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter as well as many other dignitaries and celebrities. george and laura bush are aboard air force one with the obamas right now. so is the former secretary of state hillary clinton, the current attorney general of the united states, eric holder, the national security advisor to the president, susan rice, among many, many others. let's bring in our chief national correspondent, john king, who has covered a lot of these kinds of trips. we have been on many of these major trips. can it get awkward from time to time? you have -- there will be four american presidents, current president, three former presidents, in south africa with their wives at the same time. >> number one, a
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Dec 9, 2013 10:00am PST
to be a fly on the wall for. we are expecting, as well, that president obama may be touching base with nelson mandela's wife gra gracamachel, certainly something he's interested in doing. this is a such a logistical feat when you think of all these world leaders going to south africa and how big an effort this is to get president obama there. because mandela has been ill for so long, unfortunately, this is something they had some time to plan for. >> there could be a little diplomatic awkwardness on the podium. the program has been released by the south african government. we see president obama will pay special tribute. these are tributes by foreign dignitaries. six selected. the leaders from the u.s., brazil, the haven't of china, namib namibia -- libya and president raul castro of cuba will be up on the same stage with the president of the united states. i wonder if they'll shake hands, exchange words. could be a little awkward since the u.s. does not have the full diplomatic releases with canada and still cuba is regarded as a state sponsor of international terrorism. have they said anyth
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Dec 6, 2013 9:00am PST
touch. he was only allowed two letters a year from his family. >> president obama and his family toured robben island during their first visit to south africa in june into word of any son mandela's death spread quickly around the world and the united states, of course. for many americans his death was like losing one of his own. >> president obama met the leader in 2005 and he and the first lady visited south africa in june but they were unable to meet with mandela due to his failing health. the president paid tribute to the falling icon counting himself among the millions influenced by mandela. >> the day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes and not by their fears. and like so many around the globe, i cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that will nelson mandela set. >> want to bring in andrew young, civil rights leader and former ambassador to the united nations. welcome, as well as james joseph, former u.s. ambassador to south africa and duke university professor, both of who new mandela very well o
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Dec 9, 2013 6:00am PST
of world leaders in africa's history, really world history. officials are preparing to welcome some 91 current and ten former heads of state for the memorial for nelson mandela. among them, president obama, who along with first lady michelle obama left washington about an hour ago for south africa, expected to arrive in johannesburg early tomorrow morning. joining them will be former presidents bill clinton and george w. bush, david cameron and ban ki-moon among scores of other dignitaries. errol barnett in johannesburg for us. tomorrow is taking place in soccer city during the world cup, a huge stadium, 90,000 plus seats. given the interest and the crowds behind you now, will that be big enough to accommodate everybody? >> reporter: in a word, john, no, and that's why the government has facilitated three, count them three overthrow stadiums for people who want to attend tuesday's memorial service, plus they will be broadcasting the ceremony via livestream to 90 big screens set up all over the country. john, i'm not sure how many university football games you've been to but what's happ
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Dec 6, 2013 3:00am PST
could do our part to seek the world as it should be. when president obama visited south africa this summer, mandela was so ill, the two were unable to meet. still mandela's inspiration played large during the president's trip. president obama returned to robbin island, but this time he brought his entire family. >> there was something different about bringing my children. and malia is now 15. sasha is 12, and seeing them stand within the walls that once surrounded nelson mandela, i knew this was an experience that they would never forget. i knew that they now appreciated a little bit more the sacrifices that madiba and others had made for freedom. >> reporter: soon off the leader's death was announced, obama said he could not imagine his life without mandela's example. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> reporter: president obama repeating the words there that were said of abraham lincoln after he passed away. and chris and
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Dec 6, 2013 2:00pm PST
. there is a memorial service here in johannesburg at a big soccer stadium and a big football stadium where the world cup football was held, so it's a big modern piece of architecture, an open celebration. we think that's where president obama and president bush will be going. i know that from a security point of view and also just from a logistical point of view, a lot of the heads of state might try to go to that event which will be held here in johannesburg. it's easier to get in and out of. the main stage funeral will be held in this very rural remote area in mandela's ancestral village. i have been there, it is difficult for us as a reporting team often to go there when there's nothing going on. it's barely accessible by one road. i think the fact that thousands of dignitaries, including dozens of heads of state are going to be flying into this very secluded area to celebrate his life literally under a large tent in the hills of rural south africa, from a logistical and security point of view, potentially a nightmare but also, what a fitting tribute to a man who started off as a young barefoot h
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Dec 8, 2013 5:00am PST
and places all over south africa to honor mandela. world leaders are preparing to do the same as well. president obama, a trio of former u.s. presidents will attend mandela's memorial service on tuesday. we go to johhannesburg now. you've been discussing this move and what it meendz to spend the next few days celebrating nelson mandela. tell us more about that and what you've been seeing today. >> well, you can hear it as well. this constant lament, this constant song of thanks just around me here in the streets. people continue to come here. it's becoming like a pilgrimage, i think. and just remember, this is a very suburban street in a quiet wealthy area of johannesburg and ten blocks that way, eight blocks that way, people are parking their cars and walking, pushing strollers, bringing their children along, elderly people coming with bouquets of flowers. others have picked flouers from their gardens. this is a very south african affair. it's a mandela's south africa. it is such a multiracial crowd. you have people from all walks of life. and i think if there is ever any tribute to
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Dec 6, 2013 4:00pm PST
100 miles away. >>> remembering an icon. around the world tributes are pouring in for nelson mandela who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. president obama and the first lady will head to south africa next week to honor the south african leader thafl be traveling with former president bush and laura bush. wolf blitzer talked with clinton about the advice for mandela that guided him through some very difficult times. >> he was saying, if you're in public life and you have public responsibilities, you cannot be free and effective unless you have no personal feelings of anger. i remember one day, about a month after that whole impeachment business was over, henry hyde who had run the whole show, unbelievably enough, maybe it was a few months after, with you it was shortly after. asked for a meeting at the white house. for something that he was really interested in, he brought a delegation and my staff said i can't believe you're going to do. this i said it is my job to do it. he is a member of congress and a senior member. and they came and left. and as far as they knew, i did not
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Dec 8, 2013 9:00am PST
, bill's hillary crusade, and what harry reid said. this is "state of the union." all the world is a stage and there are lots of actors these days. president obama acknowledge the u.s. would accept a peaceful nuclear energy program in iran. 85-year-old merrill newman is back on u.s. soil and with family after being detained. north korean authorities seized newman off a departing plane more than a month ago. joining me now, congressman michael mccall, chairman of the house homeland security and congressman adam schiff, a member of the house select intelligence committee. thanks for coming in on a snowy day. not always easy in washington. i want to start with merrill newman because i know his son is in your district and you had been back and forth with him. why did north korea seize him and why did they let him go? >> it's a very good question, and i'm not sure we'll ever know completely the answer. it may be as the north koreans have said that as a personal peek, they found out about his war record and pulled him off the plane. it may have something to do with iran, with the fact
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Dec 8, 2013 3:00pm PST
. the government has also confirmed today that at least 59 dignitaries from around the world are confirmed to be here during these ten days of mourning. they include u.s. presidents barack obama, george w. bush, bill clinton, and jimmy carter. queen elizabeth ii will be represented by her son, prince charles. french president holland e will be here also. a logistical challenge ahead for the government. what does the week ahead look like? on tuesday we will see our first formal memorial service for the late president at fnb stadium. it seats 95,000 but the government in an effort to allow as many people as possible to take part in festivities, if can you call it that, will have 90 screens around the country, broadcasting what will take place on tuesday. wednesday through thursday, nelson mandela's body will lay in state. each morning his body will go on precession of sorts through the capital, allowing south africans to bid farewell. all of that ahead of nelson mandela returning to his ancestral homeland next weekend. there will be a ka traditional funeral for him on saturday ending in stat
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Dec 5, 2013 3:00am PST
topic, look obama care. >> when anything happens in the world, a republican senator says this is a distraction from the real issue, which is the failure of obama care. the president would rather be talking about moral issues than the flawed rollout of his health care website. >> republicans must know or feel this issue is not good for them? >> i think it's more subtle. the president is trying to take the health care law and put it in the larger argument for what he wants to get done. it's a legacy item, a priority. the republicans are content to criticize the president on more americans being on food stamps. the question is what do you do about it? that's where the gap is fundamentally in washington today. >> i was trying to get the hash tag do better going. i would argue republicans have a big interest in this. cultivating business and job production here is much an agenda item on their platform as it is for democrats. >> it is. there's an interesting question. what is the republican agenda for poverty and inequality. this republican will cite people like teddy roosevelt
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Dec 7, 2013 8:00am PST
unite his nation but found commonality with people around the world. i spoke to michelle obama, the first lady, when she visited here. this is her thoughts after she met nelson mandela. >> i told him, you know, i wanted to make sure he understood how important his leadership and sacrifice has been to who i've become, to who my husband has become, and in short i just said thank you. it's really hard to know what to say to such an icon. >> reporter: a little earlier his family made a statement saying mandela made time for everyone, for kings and queens, poor and rich, and great and small. >> fantastic. nicely put. thanks so much, robyn curnow. we will check back with you. >>> in this country, a georgia man arrested for stealing electricity from a school to charge his electric car. did police go too far? we ask the legal guys next. [ male announcer ] this is jim, a man who doesn't stand still. but jim has afib, atrial fibrillation -- an irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem. that puts jim at a greater risk of stroke. for years, jim's medicine tied him to a month
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Dec 7, 2013 3:00pm PST
, johannesburg. >> both unifying and transitioning to majority rule. in the days ahead, a parade of world leaders will travel to south africa to pay their respects. former president george w. bush and his wife will fly in air force i with president obama and the first lady to tuesday's memorial. former president bill clinton also plans to attend. both clinton and his wife, former secretary of state hillary clinton meat with mandela in his final years. former president jimmy carter will also travel to the memorial as part of the elders delegation, an international human rights group that is chaired by kofi annan. >> the white house has backed away from a reported statement made two years that president obama had never met an uncle who lives near boston. it turns out the president not only knew the uncle, he actually once lived with him. why all the confusion? here's cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: he's a 69-year-old man who lives outside of boston. the "boston globe" previously cited the white house as saying the president and his uncle had never met. now the white house press secretary said this -
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Dec 7, 2013 2:00pm PST
who died on thursday. in the days ahead a parade of world leaders will travel to south africa to pay their respects. former president george w. bush will fly with president obama to tuesday's memorial. former president bill clinton, he will also attend. cnn's robyn kurnow is live in johannesburg, it won't be easy for all of these dignitaries to get to the final resting place. >> reporter: absolutely. and it's also quite a packed schedule, what we're going to see is a day of remembrance, tomorrow, sunday, then tuesday there's a memorial service at a soccer stadium here outside johannesburg, the place where there was a world cup final a few years ago. that's where we are expecting to see most of the heads of state gather to pay their respects. then on wednesday, thursday, and friday nelson mandela is going to lie in state at the union buildings, the same place where he took office as the first black president of south africa in 1994. then saturday he's going to be flown to his hometown, home area in the eastern cape, and sunday he will be buried after a funeral in the hills under a ten
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Dec 2, 2013 7:00pm PST
the world? and a lot of republicans would say no. and you know, this is the argument that -- >> the north koreans have been doing this under george w. bush and barack obama. this -- >> this -- >> how do you demonstrate strength with a regime with nuclear devices? what are you going to do? strength sounds good but it's -- >> the best way to get rid of this regime, which is just pure evil, the most evil regime on earth and of the last century is going to be that china has to decide they want north korea to fall. unfortunately the increasing cold war tension between the united states and china will make china cling to north korea over more and give the regime more of an insurance policy. >> i just feel for the family of this man. >> is there any encouragement that in the statement there was something about that if released to the united states, he would speak the truth? were they showing their hand there? governor richardson? >> no. i -- this is a pattern of the north koreans. they make some of these prisoners do confessions. they did it with kenneth bay. they've done it with mr. newman. thi
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Dec 5, 2013 1:00pm PST
" with jake tapper starts now. >>> happy repeal day! take it easy, obama care fans and foes. i'm talking about repealing prohibition. it ended 80 years ago this hour. cheers! i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." >>> the world lead. it's the city where terrorists attacked and killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans more than a year ago. today, another u.s. citizen has been slain in benghazi, libya. who was ronald thomas smith ii? can his family expect justice? >>> the national lead. with his son's suicide, this has been the worst year of pastor rick warren's life but he has relied on his faith to get through it. pastor warren joins us live to share his theory that faith can lighten the burden not only on your soul but on your health. >>> and the politics lead. how to talk to a woman. no, it's not a book full of cheesy pick-up lines. it's a crash course for the men of the republican party. they are getting tips on communicating with female voters. lesson one, lose the idiotic remarks about rape. good afternoon, everyone. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we begin with the world
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Dec 9, 2013 11:00am PST
mandela will be one of the lajest gathers of world leaders in modern history, perhaps ever. the last time was the funeral for pope john paul ii. that was 2005. air force one took off with president and mrs. obama, george w. and laura bush, former secretary of state hillary clinton, taerg eric holder, and susan rice, all on that plane. the white house said the president is working on his eulogy during the flight. other world leaders going to south africa include ban ki-moon, fran swan holaund, and david cameron. among the other dignitaries to pay their respects, bono, oprah, prince charles, former president jimmy carter, and republican senator ted cruz. a short time ago, archbishop desmond tootoo paid homage to his home in the johannesburg suburbs. >> everybody was saying we would have gone up in flames. and he was like, he really was like a magician. he really was like a magician, with a magic wand. turning us into this glorious multicolored rainbow people. >> cnn's senior international correspondent arwa damon is in johannesburg with a look at the extraordinary preparations involved ahea
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, sanjay. >> thanks, wolf. >>> when we come back, the vice president joe biden takes the world stage on a critical trip overseas. will he deliver for the white house? >>> and a prominent republican senator charges the obama administration has quote, taken lying to a new level. did his comments go too far? stay with us. you're in "the situation room." at verizon. let's go... let's go... let's go... let's go! make it your first stop for the gifts everybody wants. let's go! move it, move it, move it! verizon cyber monday is here. get the samsung galaxy note ii for just $49.99. with features like pop-up play. lets you use any app while watching video. or use the s pen for hand-written notes. hurry in or shop online. sale ends monday night. getting our best cyber monday savings. that's powerful. verizon. >>> the vice president joe biden in asia with stops in japan, china and south korea, all on his itinerary. but the trip comes at a very, very sensitive moment. let's talk about that and more with our chief political analyst, gloria borger and our cnn political commentator, david frum. thi
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Dec 7, 2013 12:00pm PST
in the u.s. than any other place in the world. in fact, we've invested over $55 billion here in the last five years - making bp america's largest energy investor. our commitment has never been stronger. >>> today is the on verszry of the attack on pearl harbor. it was 72 years ago today. the japanese surprise attack killed more than 2,000 american service members an brought the u.s. into world war ii. let's talk more about the weather system and what is moving across this nation, particularly the central part of this country. part of that system is an ice storm that hit dallas/ft. worth very hard. thousands are still without power and many flights are still grounded. cnn's ed lavandera is live for us there. ed, is there any thaw-out that you're feeling as yet? just a little bit? >> reporter: no, at this point -- at this point, no, at this point in the day, we are completely numb to any sensation of thawing out. >> sorry. >> i don't think that's going to happen. >> so how are people coping? my gosh. that's a huge ice chunk. >> a lot of people are staying inside. very few people are going
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Dec 8, 2013 3:00am PST
for letting us know what's going on there. >> national and international moment for people around the world who will be traveling to south africa. there is a sheriff in south carolina. he's refusing to lower the american flag to honor nelson mandela. >> president obama ordered the flags be lowered to half-staff until sunset tomorrow. pickens county sheriff rick clark says he doesn't think it's right. >> to show a sign of respect for what nelson mandela has done, i have no problem with them lowering it in south africa, in their country. in our country, it should be the people who sacrifice for our country. >> it is rare for the president to order flags at half-staff. george bush did it for pope john paul in 2005. bill clinton did it for former prime minister. it goes back to when president johnson lowered the flags for winston church hill. >>> coming up last night, florida state didn't just beat duke, it crushed them. check out the quarterback there heurdling over defense, touchdown, victory. highlights, upsets for all of saturday's big games. >> detained in north korea for more than a month
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Dec 5, 2013 11:00am PST
tomorrow. "the lead" with jake tapper starts now. >>> happy repeal day! take it easy, obama care fans and foes. i'm talking about repealing prohibition. it ended 80 years ago this hour. cheers! i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." >>> the world lead. it's the city where terrorists attacked and killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans more than a year ago. today, another u.s. citizen has been slain in benghazi, libya. who was ronald thomas smith ii? can his family expect justice? >>> the national lead. with his son's suicide, this has been the worst year of pastor rick warren's life but he has relied on his faith to get parough it.
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